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♪ a bunch of guys like us in a big bus ♪ saving money could be tough to do, but sometimes there are solutions in front of us. take health care. >> it's expensive.
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1/4 of americans say they or family members have problems paying medical bills. abc's paula faris tells us there is some help available. ♪ at last >> reporter: joyce ann houston has been a musician her entire life even has her own wall of fame. ♪ just last night she was on stage. today she is paying for it. like millions of americans, joyce has a chronic medical condition, hers is lupus. she preps her body for days before performing. her music her only escape and it is how she pays the bills. she still owes $25,000 for her original diagnosis and new bills from her ongoing care are mounting. financially where are you right now? >> in the hole. i could end up losing my house. >> reporter: when joyce and millions didn't realize is that over half of the nation's hospitals, the nonprofits, have money that they are required to give back to the community. often through what is called
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patient assistance programs. michelle katz says it is hidden money too many people don't know about. i don't think most people know. they're required because they're receiving tax-exemptions. >> nonprofit. >> reporter: michelle says any one with huge bills may qualify even if you have insurance. but you have to ask for it. nonprofit hospitals are required to publicize their policies on assistance programs. but one study of 100 hospitals showed nearly half didn't mention it on their website. and almost 70% didn't tell you how to qualify when you called. with the help of the colors of lupus foundation in nevada we went after some money for joyce. it took weeks of phone calls to her hospital to cut through the red tape. >> you should understand if they announced it openly everybody would be flooding right. it is a matter of negotiation knowing it is there and not being afraid to ask for it. >> reporter: the results, her $25,000 hospital bill now just $7,000. >> i am just shocked. you all were able to do that. >> looks like your house is safe.
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you were worried about that. >> i didn't know how i was going to make it through. can i hug you. >> after saving $18,000 on her medical bills, joyce is singing a much better tune. ♪ hallelujah >> reporter: in this case the hospital's first offer was not their final offer. as you saw joyce really benefited from having an advocate do the work for her, but this is something you can do on your own. we have a checklist on our web site to help walk you through it. john, diana. >> our paula faris. >> amazing. >> the kind of stuff that a lot of people don't know about. families are struggling to keep their homes keep their kids in school be able to put food on the table. to have that information out there and not know it is a available to you while the bills are piling on. >> knowledge is power. a lot of people don't have personality to go head-to-head with the people. they're modest for whatever reason. they want to save money. they don't have the gumption to go after administrators. get an advocate. it's worth it.
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prescription drugs, generic drugs can vary wildly in price. >> about doing your home work and have the gumption to make phone calls. if you have an advocate, a family member, dedicate the time to do this for you. i have been in situations where i have been asked to do this for people. the schedule, the kids, you don't have the time. find someone who can dedicate the time that you need to you to be able to do it. >> administrators will put you on a loop. you have to stay on it. >> that is for sure. up next, an adorable baby gorilla getting plenty of love. >> but little gladys needs several surrogate moms and an abc news correspondent. why it is taking a village to raise this child. you are watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now"
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♪ now monkeys don't monkey around ♪ >> they say it is love that makes a family. this morning an example of that is at the cincinnati zoo. >> check this out, tiny gorilla, gladys whose mother rejected her as a new surrogate mom. she has a few surrogate moms right now including abc's matt gutman. >> reporter: in the zoological world this is cause for celebration. she is peeing on me. when gladys's gorilla mother rejected her last month there was a chance she wouldn't make it. >> well, we'll have to change into some scrubs, matt, black scrubs, simulates gorilla skin color. >> ron evans and his team of ten surrogate gorilla moms would nurse, cradle, teach and mother this gorilla for three months before sending her to a real
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gorilla mom. inside gladys' room evans teaches me how to be a surrogate. the only way gladys' new gorilla family will accept her if humans can teach her to become a real gorilla. >> you don't coo to baby gorillas. >> no i talk to them like this. i use a gorilla accent when i talk to gladys. first time i see her, i talk like gladys. >> reporter: all the surrogates wear this faux fur. that looks more like a sheep's suit. are we turning into lambs here. careful not to baby this baby. >> yanking the hair. might put fingernails in her head. when she is awake she doesn't mind. they're tough. >> reporter: all of this. the grabbing. these hand are so strong. piggyback ride mimic real gorillas. the goal is to match gladys born at a texas zoo with a gorilla mother born here in cincinnati. but there is a chance this elaborate experiment might not
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work. >> the day she goes in with the gorilla mom is the day i am going to be happiest. there won't be a dry eye in the place. >> reporter: as every parent learns, sometimes success means letting go. matt gutman, abc news, cincinnati. >> okay. i want one of those. i want one of those. >> i can't get over how cute. matt did a good job. would you get in there? >> with a baby gorilla. with mama maybe not so much. >> how about that? >> there you go. there is the surrogate mom. >> take gladys home tonight. >> don't think i make a convincing gorilla. >> i have seen you in that thing running around as a commercial break. come coming right back. break. we're coming right back. lean. it's scary how much dirt your vacuum can leave behind. add resolve deep clean powder before you vacuum to expel the dirt within your carpets.
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this morning on "world news now" -- war threats. north korea's angry response to american military exercises with
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stealth bombers. >> the question this morning will verbal threats by north korea lead to military action? it's friday, march 29th. >> announcer: from abc news this is "world news now" with john muller and diana perez. good morning, everyone. we will get you up to date on north korea's threats and what the u.s. is doing with the stealth bombers not far from the north korean border. also this morning, what a bombshell in the investigation into an explosion in indianapolis. the fatal blast leveled several homes last summer and turned into a murder case. well, now the key suspect is facing a serious charge this time from behind bars. >> the restaurant scandal that heated up social media. the l.a. restaurant operator who sent some nasty tweets about customers who failed to show up for their reservations. we are getting a much-needed explanation on this one. later on what was going on in justin bieber's exclusive southern california neighborhood before police were called a few nights ago. a case of neighbor vs. neighbor and now an eyewitness is stepping forward. that's coming up in "the skinny."
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let's get to it, north korea's promise to "settle accounts" with the united states this morning after american stealth bombers flew close to its borders. >> the latest as we get reports of troop movements near north korea's missile launch site. abc news chief global affairs correspondent martha raddatz has more. >> reporter: if north korea had any doubt that the u.s. would defend its ally, south korea, this rare show of force should end it. the two massive b-2s soared 6,500 miles from missouri to drop dummy weapons on a bombing range west of south korea and less than 50 miles from the north korean border. and then flew back to the u.s. it was the first time the u.s. military has confirmed a b-2 practice mission. the message was clear, the b-2 is capable of dropping 16 nuclear bombs each on a different target. it can fly under any weather conditions, penetrating sophisticated air defenses with
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its radar evading stealth skin. >> we will unequivocally defend and we are unequivocally committed to that alliance with south korea and we will be prepared if we have to be prepared to deal with any eventuality there. >> reporter: since february when the u.s. and south korea began gearing up for military exercises, north korea steadily escalated its threat, a page from its playbook, only this time the threats have been hotter including nuclear strikes which they are not yet capable of. the u.s. said the stealth bombers were not meant to ratchet up the tension with the north but this is the strongest response we have seen to the north's recent provocations and there is no telling how the north's new young leader will respond. martha raddatz, abc news, kabul. an arizona man under arrest after joining up with an al qaeda group in syria. eric harroun, he bragged on face
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book fighting against the syrian government and downing one of its helicopters with a rocket propelled grenade. now harroun served in the u.s. army and was discharged after an accident. he was arrested when returned to the united states and charged with using a weapon of mass destruction. athlete oscar pistorius can travel internationally with conditions now that the restrictions on his bail have been eased. he is charged with the murder of his girlfriend, reeva steenkamp. the judge ruled he can leave south africa, but only if he provide travel plans to authorities and surrenders his passport once he is home. pistorius is due in court in june. from south africa, serious concerns about nelson mandela's health. he is in the hospital again with a recurring lung infection. as bazi kanani reports, his nation is on edge. >> reporter: the last glimpse the world had of nelson mandela was this picture, the 94-year-old cradling his great grandson in february. government officials say the former president is now conscious and responding to treatment for that lung
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infection after being rushed to the hospital wednesday in the middle of the night. >> has to be concerned. >> reporter: especially concerning come just weeks after nelson mandela's last hospitalation for tests and a nearly three-week stay in december for the same lung infection. south africans are now praying for their beloved leader. mandela's family has visited him at the hospital. while south africa's president urged the nation and world to pray for the ailing icon. john, diana. >> bazi kanani, thank you very much. one of the suspects in a deadly house explosion in indianapolis now facing new charges this morning. mark leonard accused of plotting to kill a key witness. he is already in custody charged with intentionally causing the explosion that killed two people and destroyed dozens of homes. then prosecutors say, he asked a fellow inmate for the name of a hit man. >> mr. leonard was given the name of an individual to contact. that individual was an undercover agent with the
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federal atf. >> leonard offered to pay a hit man $20,000, he made the call from a jail house phone though inmates are told calls are recorded. >> a clerk at a kansas city gas station discovered a strange sight in the trash can. she found a box. inside a pair of eyeballs looking back at her. these are the men police think dumped the eyeballs next to the gas pumps in a medical cooler. investigators determined the eyeballs are not human but they don't know where they came from or why someone would throw them out. >> pretty freaky. the clerk called it "freaky" and said it was "the strangest workday she ever had." that would qualify. >> you think? no question where they were going or coming from. police called eye banks in the area to see if anybody was expecting a delivery or eyeballs missing. none of the above. >> there were no eyewitnesses to
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the situation. >> buh-dum. new jersey powerball winner, pedro quezada, owes thousand of dollars in unpaid child support. >> hard one to get through. >> the warrant was delivered to his department yesterday. the sheriff's department says he owes $29,000. he has not revealed much about any financial difficulties. records do show his home was foreclosed on a few years ago. >> distracted by looking at the million dollar ticket. >> i bet. >> $338 million ticket. >> everybody will get paid. all is well that ends welt. more than 20 homes on w, when idbey island are off limits following the major landslide. here is an amazing fact, wednesday morning's slide displaced the equivalent of 40,000 dump truck loads of dirt. the homes we mentioned are under evacuation orders or inaccessible. geologists say the slide may be the largest in washington state history. >> that's some video. let's check out today's weather. showers there in the northwest. light snow for higher elevations. fog again this morning in california. showers in the middle of the country.
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mostly dry for the east coast. 50s from boston to baltimore, a cool morning. followed by a warm-up in southeast. higher than normal in the west. 71 in colorado springs. 69, portland. go ahead and enjoy that. >> as all guys know, duct tape fixes just about anything. true. >> uh-huh. that's right. one high school senior will mix that duct tape with nail polish, high heels, hairspray and create a unique look for prom. that's right. >> you wouldn't know it, but quick glance there, that dress and her date's tux, made out of duct tape. took three years of planning, 60 hours of cutting. and taping. 25 rolls of duct tape. a contest sponsored by a duct tape company. the winner gets a $5,000 scholarship. i know all about this. my daughter, 9 makes duct tape handbags, wallets. she never tackled anything this elaborate. she is outstanding. duct tape like a craze with, with youngsters. >> so what do you do fold it and tape them together. >> all tutorials on youtube. if you want to get into making
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duct tape fashions go on there. she learned the craft. i got her a cutting board, a knife. >> wow. >> big with kids. that is great stuff. >> pretty cool. every once in a while people on facebook have comments about my outfits. what would happen if i showed up with a duct tape dress? >> go for it. >> how about i put one piece of duct tape. >> ready in three years. >> so many viewers, one piece of duct tape and show up like that. >> that's what i am talking about. yeah. i think you should do that. >> you think so? >> tomorrow. tomorrow is saturday. >> monday. >> i will do it tomorrow. how about that? >> i blew it. coming up, after serious allegations against lindsay lohan, why she may be in trouble again. >> i want to talk about the duct tape. >> the restaurant owner busted customers who failed to show up for their reservations with a nasty tweet. and now a full explanation. you are watching "world news now." ♪ you didn't show up that night ♪ ♪ there must be some misunderstanding ♪
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♪ there must be some misunderstanding ♪ ♪ there must be some kind of mistake ♪ >> a controversial twitter tantrum from the owner of an l.a. restaurant has diners and industry insiders talking. >> the owner named names of no shows, people who make reservations and don't show up. the owner has to defend his
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decision to do that. here is abc's david wright. >> reporter: for anyone who has never bothered not to cancel a dinner reservation when plans changed, this is a cautionary tale. one of the owners of red medicine decided he was fed up with no shows. >> we are a really small restaurant. you can see there is about 54 seats in the dining room. when you lose 20 people in that kind of peak time of the night it is inconsiderate to other guests. >> reporter: you are naming and shaming the no shows. >> not generally as a policy. but, saturday was particularly bad. >> reporter: red medicine tweeted some bitter pills." "hi, kyle a, read one, we are withholding the name. "i hope you enjoyed your girlfriend's birthday and the flowers that you didn't bring when you no showed for your 8:15 res. thanks." also big thanks to cm, cr, aj, sj, db and ml for no showing between 7:30 and 9:30. again, the original tweets named names. >> the intent was never to focus
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on or draw attention to specific people. more to put names to a problem to get some attention and get people discussing it. >> reporter: it prompted a lot of discussion. some restauranters expressing sympathy, no shows a perennial problem. maybe diners expressing outrage at the violation of privacy. >> we have a message from a lady from iowa who, who will never eat here. she wasn't happy. >> reporter: he likes to stir the pot. but even he wasn't prepared for the backlash this time. now he has reservations about what he did. >> it certainly started a discussion. we are not in the business of starting discussions necessarily. >> reporter: he would rather be in the restaurant business provided the customers show up. david wright, abc news, beverly hills. >> what do you think? >> we had this conversation yesterday. i happen to agree with the guy. >> i can feel his pain. but to name people's names, the customer is always right they say. >> that's true. >> you got to remember that. >> it's true.
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it his restaurant. >> and he is getting all free publicity. >> once again. >> at the very least. >> we are such conspiracy theorists. >> natural exposure right here. everybody is going to go to red medicine and get their medicine. >> i'm going to tweet people that do things i don't like so i can get on the news. >> you're on the news. >> wait i'm already on the news. >> worth a try. >> how much would you pay daniel craig, "james bond" guy for seven minutes on stage? and the neighbors upset with justin bieber. we'll get an eye-opening, eyewitness account of that whole thing that
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>> i alw >> i always wanted to be a nurse. hurricane sandy turned out to be devastating. floodwaters. people were out of heat. and electricity. and my patients had no insulin. i will never forget being with diane. we had to enter a building, 17 flights up. very dark. >> what kind of medicine for her? diane asked my patient what she needed. >> we want to know how you are doing. she didn't leave it at that. she wanted to know what the end results were. in spanish, diane is -- she would make a very good nurse. i'm rosita ortiz. that's my abc "world news" story. ♪ skinny so skinny >> welcome to "the skinny." the story that just won't quit. >> okay. >> justin bieber once again in
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the news. as you remember earlier this week he apparently got into some kind of scuffle with a neighbor. in his very -- >> took his ferrari out. >> taking his ferrari. >> making some people upset. well the police were called. the neighbor said that he wanted to press charges because he had committed battery against him. that is a wide ranging. he could have tapped him on the shoulder or spit on him -- in some kind of way. well the neighbor is claiming justin bieber spit on him. justin has come out and said that is absolutely not true. i didn't do that at all. well now we are backtracking a little bit. police did their research and homework and spoke to people who were there. witnesses across the street, landscapers for the homeowners were interviewed separately. at least one of them said, yes, in fact, justin did spit in his neighbor's face. >> not cool if it is true. >> not only that, he is apparently quoted as saying, get the blank out of here. i am going to blank kill you . and there were some speculation
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that maybe this guy had beef against justin bieber, he is young, gets in trouble. people in the neighborhood said this is a 47-year-old guy, dad of three, who actually went to the security guards when justin moved in and said we need to keep this kid's privacy in check here. >> strange one. >> mystery deepens. >> i question it is true. if somebody spit in my face i wouldn't be able to control myself. i would go wild. if this guy didn't go wild and right there on the spot, makes me wonder if it happened. >> justin bieber does weigh two pounds. >> he is getting a little buff. he is getting a little buff these days. his heart and lungs are better than the 47-year-old man's. lindsay lohan the only person in the news for infamy more than justin these days. she touches down in brazil, amid claims she took a bracelet from "anger management" set. she had allegations like this before. landed wednesday in sao paulo, greeted by her fans, and some of the accessories she had on came to light. there is an allegation that she kept the bracelet after finishing filming a show wednesday on set of charlie
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sheen's anger management. wouldn't be the first time. if it is true she swiped a $2,500 necklace from a jewelry store in california that we all heard about months back. there you go. >> wow. wow. there she is. once again in the news. all right, musking on to something i think is incredible. work that i would do if i could get. daniel craig, of james bond fame. >> cool guy. >> very cool. latest 00 agent was paid $1 million to appear at the new york auto show. >> $1 million. >> a million bucks. >> we did the math. he was there for 7 minutes live. apparently in a video beforehand. then motored into a display area. really didn't do much. walked out. walked along photographers with guests, and some flashing lights. one person actually said he didn't give a speech. i couldn't tell if he was actually there. he was doing this for land rover oh, by the way. he was there a total of 7 minutes for $1 million. like i said, did the math, a
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grand total of $143,000 per minute. i should have done the seconds for you. >> incredible. let's talk big money. hip-hop, "forbes'" list of richest hip-hop stars. got a guess? >> jay z. >> close. diddy combs. sean combs, $580 million. jay-z number two. $475 million. according to "forbes." number three, dr. dre, with $350 million in the bank. most coming from the beats headphones. then round out by brian birdman williams and rapper 50 cent. there you go. the richest -- >> my husband got into the wrong business. should have been a rapper, rapping mogul. >> is he good? does your man have talent? >> he can do sports really well. >> yea for that. not dr. dre. while your carpets may appear clean.
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♪ >> all right, a busy week in the news world comes to a close. >> that's right. a week with lots of highs and lows from the gay marriage debate in the supreme court to a legal hit for amanda knox. here is our "friday rewind." >> this is by far the biggest case the supreme court has ever had when it comes to discrimination against homosexuals. >> can you think of any other rational basis for a state using sexual orientation as a factor in denying homosexuals benefits? >> you want us to step in and render a decision based on an assessment of the effects of this institution which is newer than cell phones or the internet? >> we are trying to do everything we can to impress upon the senators that this is what the survivors want, this is what the public wants.
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>> this is a country of the people, by the people and for the people. he can't spend enough of his $27 billion to try to impose his will on the american public. >> she is shocked. she is very sad. she thought this was the end of a nightmare. >> after avoiding the problem for years the time has come to fix it once and for all. the time has come for the comprehensive sensible immigration reform. >> please allow me to begin my remarks this evening by reiterating how deeply i regret and apologize for the circumstances that led to my resignation from the cia. >> breaks my heart to not be around. it's not fair to everyone. and so, getting better, is something that just is going to take some time. and i guess that's the priority. >> i'm going to be spending the entire day with prince harry. and so believe me nobody is going to get naked if i am
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spending any time with them. okay. >> all i can say, tomorrow -- i will wake up normally. because i know the first of the month i got to pay the bills, not him. >> good news week. huh? >> lucky man there. >> good friday. >> easter sunday. >> easter sunday. say your prayers, go to church. eat your peeps. >> good advice. eat your chocolate bunnies. >> maine hosting its second international mustache film festival. jayce come in here. i am obsessed with this guy's hipster beard. he is my entry int
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this morning on "world news now" -- soldier accused. investigators say an army vet traveled to the mideast to fight on the side of terrorists.
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>> what the feds say he did and how he bragged about it on social media. it's friday, march 29th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now" with john muller and diana perez. >> friday, everybody. easter sunday on the way. it's all good. >> you are going to church. >> i am going to church. on easter sunday. i am going to eat chocolate bunnies, eggs, bacon, biscuits, bad things. >> wow! good for you! you are psyched about easter. good job! all right. we have pretty heavy news to tell you about. we are going to get the latest on the soldier accused of switching sides and actually fighting alongside al qaeda. >> that is our top story. also this morning, chilling new details about the massacre that left 20 children and five adults dead inside sandy hook elementary school. we know more about adam lanza's stockpile. >> the veteran school teacher targeted by her own students. she is telling her story.
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how investigators say it was two 13-year-olds who tried to poison her. >> and later -- an early easter celebration here at "world news now," give love to the icon of easter indulgence, the perennial pride of pennsylvania, yes the one and only peep. don't know if we will give it love. i heard it is a little painful. >> we are exploding the peeps in microwaves. don't try that at home, guys. first, the army vet arrested for fighting against the u.s. side in syria. >> the arizona man fell in with a group linked to al qaeda and now facing life in prison. abc's david kerley has more on the story. >> reporter: eric harroun made no secret of what he was doing in syria he posted it on facebook. >> helicopter shot down! >> reporter: the former u.s. army soldier who served between 2000 and 2003 was fighting against the syrian regime. but he was fighting with a group the u.s. considers terrorists. >> [ bleep ] -- >> reporter: the phoenix man entered syria in january. and he quickly linked up with al
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nusra, or al qaeda in iraq. u.s. officials interviewed him more than once when he returned to turkey to acquire weapons. according to the complaint filed against him he admitted he was involved in several battles. when harroun flew here to the washington d.c. area, fbi agents arrested him at the airport. >> bashir al assad, your days are numbers -- >> reporter: he told fbi agents he was part of a rocket propelled grenade team and knew the group he was with was designated as terrorists. charges against him, using the rpg, the government calls of a weapon of mass destruction outside the united states. david kerley, abc news, washington. prosecutors in colorado have rejected an offer from movie theater massacre suspect, james holmes to plead guilty. the defense refused to share vital information with them presumably about holmes' mental health. they say that the defense violated protocol and made the offer public to influence the judge and the jury. in connecticut, investigators released a long list of weapons they found in
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the home of the young man who went to the deadly rampage at the sandy hook elementary school. on a national day of protest about gun violence. abc's jim avila has more. >> reporter: these brutal facts were sealed by the court. gunman adam lanza was not a teenager he was 20 years old. he fired 154 shots into three not, two as originally was reported, newtown classrooms. five search warrants revealed he did not wear a bulletproof vest, only military-style clothing. his bushmaster semiautomatic rifle was accessorized with 30-round magazines giving him access to thousands of rounds. at home where lanza lived with his mother, the police search found two nra certificates in the names of nancy and adam lanza though the nra vehemently denies they were members. nine knives, three swords and a bb gun. a holiday card from his mother containing an uncashed check to buy a new gun. and also revealed testimony from an unknown neighbor that lanza spent lots of time in his
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basement playing violent video games. >> every detail that i hear about that day is painful. so i prefer to focus less on what was found in the house and the car and more on what we can do to make changes so that this doesn't happen in the future. >> reporter: new york mayor michael bloomberg releasing $12 million in new tv commercials calling for new gun laws. this time featuring newtown families. and at the white house, an emotional east room. tears and presidential hugs for victims of gun crimes from places like newtown, virginia tech, and chicago. president obama unusually passionate and appearing concerned that momentum for gun reform has stalled on capitol hill. the president promising to keep the pressure on congress to pass background checks and to at least take a vote on the assault weapons ban. the president urging congress not to "get squishy." jim avila, abc news, the white house. two teenagers in virginia are in big trouble after
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admitting they tried to poison their middle school teacher with hand sanitizer. jane miller has been in the classroom more than 40 years. police say the two 13-year-olds confessed to putting hand sanitizer in her tea mug at least twice. miller said she never tasted it, but it was making her sick. >> what it was, my stomach was bothering me, i was running a low-grade temperature. and i was just exhausted by the time i got home. >> the two boys have been suspended. they were sent to an alternative school and facing felony charges for attempted poisoning at 13. >> you know, you are hearing a lot of these poisoning type stories, lately. a lot of visine, couple drops will make you very sick. very, very dangerous. i think, more dangerous than hand sanitizer. an interesting fact. apparently hand sanitizer they used contains a lot of alcohol, 60% alcohol. basically 130 proof. >> she is actually being gracious about this. she doesn't know why the kids
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would do this, hard to get into an adolescent brain. she said, she teaches math. kids don't want to be in her classroom. all she is hoping out of this people learn that teachers are to be appreciated and respected. i hope she feels better. >> hear, hear. me too. public health investigators in oklahoma are telling 7,000 dental patients they better be tested for serious illnesses including hiv and hepatitis. their dentist under investigation in what may be an extraordinary betrayal of trust. abc's david wright has more. >> reporter: dr. w scott harrington has been practicing oral surgery for 36 years most recently in this tulsa, oklahoma, medical building. authorities are now concerned he may have exposed thousand of his patients to potentially deadly infections. >> the instruments that came out the autoclave were horrible. i wouldn't let my nephews play with them in the dirt. they were horrible. they had rust on them. >> reporter: authorities say letters will be sent to 7,000 patients recommending they be tested immediately for hepatitis
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b, hepatitis c and hiv. they started investigating after a patient with no other known risk factors tested positive for hiv and hepatitis-c. after an investigation determined that his outdated procedures may have increased the risk of cross contamination among patients. for one thing they say he didn't clean his instruments properly. authorities say he bleached some instruments, which over time can cause them to become porous. some of the equipment was rusty. authorities say he routinely reused needles and vials. and some of his medications were 20 years past their expiry date. we reached out to dr. harrington. his office was closed. he did not return calls. while state officials are stressing it is unlikely the infection has spread widely. they want to be sure. the federal centers for disease control are assisting in the investigation. david wright, abc news, los angeles. full house on international space station right now. an american astronaut and two russians lifted off late yesterday and flew a new shorter
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route to the station. took them six hours to get there instead of the usual 50. mission controllers say the shorter route reduces fatigue. new arrivals will be in space five months. the future of aviation landed at a nasa hangar in northern california. the solar impulse is the most advanced sun powered plane in the world. designed in switzerland, powered by 12,000 solar fuel cells made in san jose. in may it will begin a cross-country tour demonstrating cutting edge technologies. >> we are testing them in the air. then available for everybody to be more energy efficient, reduce fuel consumption, be cleaner. >> the solar impulse has a wing span of a 747 but as light as a mid sized car. it is expected to make it all the way across the country without using a drop of fuel. >> very cool. >> i will ride in a plane like that. >> wonder how fast? have to look that up. >> probably not so fast. >> probably not. >> here is a look at your weather as we enter the easter weekend.
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mostly clear skies in the east coast. showers in the middle of the country. rain later in the day for the northwest. >> temperatures will rise to the upper 60s. 87 in phoenix. 81 in honolulu. that sure does sound nice. in the sweet 16s, cities, dallas, 76, and indianapolis, 54. 50s for the majority of the cities in the northeast. and all week, "good morning america" anchors have been coming face to face with their look-alikes. >> yeah, yesterday, robin roberts' turn. this is dr. kat smith. isn't that awesome from dallas, texas. she says she is getting mistaken for robin. clear to see why. similarities go beyond looks, four months apart in age, both hail from the gulf coast. >> wow. >> they look like they're almost the same height. just as thin. probably just as athletic. and they're stunning. both of them. so jealous. >> double whammy. >> the best kind. >> later on today, "good morning
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america" will double up on seeing double. it's josh elliott and sam champion's turn to meet their look-alikes. you don't want to miss out on this fun. >> that ought to be good. >> yeah, i can't wait. >> i want to see what my look-alike looks like. >> a little unnerving. you want to meet your look-alike and find out, the look-alike looks better than you. or the look-alike doesn't look so hot. that's what i look like? >> don't think that would happen. we are so used to seeing -- not saying look-alikes aren't as good looking as real "gma anchors. i'm so used to seeing them. pd ok as f looks like them saying. i want to see your >> i do too. i want to see yours. have him anchor one day. coming up, the big advances and big disappointments in the ncaa, sweet 16 and the status of everyone's brackets. >> they're not really little kids, not teenagers either. who is helping tween girls and
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their parents with some very awkward years. we'll tell you. you are watching "world news now." ♪ >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by consumer cellular.
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the resolve easy clean system. don't just vacuum clean. resolve clean. ♪ >> stuck in the middle. that's a really good song for this. these are kids who are not really young kids not quite teenagers yet. they're literally stuck in the middle -- they're tweens. >> they're tweens. i have one of them. seems like it should be a carefree time. these girls face pressures that might surprise some moms. abc's juju chang has more.
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♪ >> reporter: the secret life of tweens, no longer a child, not yet a teen. they crave independence, but still need boundaries like in the movie "the sitter." >> what is your deal, why are you wearing so much makeup? ♪ looking real fly ♪ on the way to the club ♪ going to dance all night >> say what you want, i know i look good. >> reporter: now there is an updated handbook designed to let tween girls read for themselves the answers to slightly embarrassing questions from body odor to peer pressure to social media. i sat down with seven girls their moms and the other, dr. karen naderson, to discuss the often-unseen pressures that tweens face. >> you teach them why something is or isn't safe so that they can go out and implement these, these rules as choices. >> reporter: is there peer pressure to text? because some of you are allowed to text. some of you are not allowed to
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text. >> everyone is on instagram now. >> i was at my birthday party, someone was using instagram. it was also kind of mean because it was almost like she was teasing that person. >> it scares me a lot from the safety standpoint. they don't have that many friends in their peer group, who is liking them? >> reporter: tara, would you ever get your ears pierced without telling your mother? >> she will say no. [ laughter ] >> no. >> reporter: because? >> because it can be dangerous. >> no. >> reporter: no. because i would need her permission. >> reporter: the book to spark ongoing mother/daughter conversations. >> i think it gives them talking points. i mean, there might not be a question to ask until they have information to ask about. >> i just said "here, you can read this." and she got a little embarrassed and said, "mom, this is awkward." i did go in her room many times and see her reading it. i'm juju chang, los angeles.
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>> for every stage of life for these kids nice to have a manual to help you through. >> communication is everything. i ask my daughter once every few weeks, anything you have to talk about, really embarrassing, say it fast. believe me i heard it all. no matter how awkward. just do it. usually she says "no." every once in a while she will give me a nugget. >> plus has a mom. sharing lots with her. >> yep. yep, yep. >> oh, good to have that. need to pick up that little guide how to deal with tweens. >> probably right. i should check it out. coming up next, how are your brackets doing? the sweet 16 portion of the ncaa tourney kicked off last night. >> highlights, final scores, coming up next. you are watching "world news now." >> wow. >> a
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♪ >> unofficial march madness theme music. half of all the sweet 16 is done. frankly last night's games were mostly disappointing. >> marquette facing miami. golden eagles, a double digit lead in the first half and pretty much cruised from there. marquette blows away the hurricanes. 71-61. it is their first trip to the elite eight since 2003. >> coming up next -- arizona/ohio state. that was the best game of the night. wildcats had the lead for the nearly entire first half. >> buckeyes came back strong. the score was tied at 70. when ross hits the three pointer. two seconds left in the game. ohio state wins 73-70. one win away from the second straight final four. >> oh, yeah. in the late games no such drama. >> syracuse/indiana. strong defense. moving out to an 18-point lead. the hoosiers got that deficit down to six.
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but that was about as close as they were going to get. the second number one seed goes out. syracuse tops indiana, 61-50. the orange face marquette on saturday. they played in late february. marquette, oh, by the way, won that game by three. >> and finally, wichita state/lasalle university. although it really pains one staffer here, the commish, guy named jack. we have got to say the game was close until the opening tip-off. basically means it wasn't close. yeah, the shockers, shockers had a double digit lead. most of the game. they trail. lasalle. wichita wins. 72-58. a blowout. they face ohio state saturday for the spot in the final. >> that's right. >> we mentioned that staffer here, let's explore that just a little bit. >> here he is joining us now. jack "the commish" sheehan. jack, how you feeling, buddy? >> rough night for lasalle. shout out class of '93. 20th and only. rough night in north philly what can you say? it is what it is.
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>> jack -- >> real quick, looking forward to the rest of the sweet 16. oregon/louisville, michigan/kansas, michigan state/duke, and the -- the -- underdogs, america is loving so good, florida gulf coast university. >> now my new team. you got to go with the underdog. >> can't change your bracket. >> wow. the university of florida. >> there you go. >> i don't know about that. i think this is it. this next game is it for them, jackie, what do you think? >> they're way over their heads? >> florida is going to do them and do them good. let's put it that way. >> all right. >> sorry about your lasalle guys, jackie. >> yeah. >> see you, pal. >> see you in ape bit. see you in a bit. even the inside of your dishwasher sparkles. okay. so i'm the bad guy for being clean. you said it. ladies, let's not fight dirty. cascade kitchen counselor. see, over time, finish gel can leave hard-water film on your dishes and dishwasher.
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hatched in this pennsylvania peep factory and their rightful place in easter baskets everywhere. peeps are big business. produces a billion for easter. that's enough, by the way, to circle around the earth twice. >> a billion peeps. >> yikes. >> peeps are awesome. this is our "favorite story of the day." the company that makes them, started 60 years ago by a russian immigrant. >> now they are the number one selling nonchocolate candy at easter. outselling jellybeans. can you believe that? >> wow, look at these guys. >> the favorite peep color is yellow, followed by pink. >> decided to celebrate early with easter themed cupcakes from crumb's bakeshop. there you go. you eat. i will talk. after all peeps are 32 calories each. we need a little more fuel than that here on the overnights. these are nicely themed. edible cookie egg if you will
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for your crumb cupcake. >> sticking with peeps, the eyes on the peeps. in the day were painted by hand. now the factory automated equipment paints 3,500 eyes a minute. >> i may have a hard time getting through this. really good stuff. whoo! for all of the love that peeps deserve there is a dark side. >> the archenemy. the microwave. check this out. youtube reveals how peep haters are torturing the poor little fellows. actually kind of cool to watch, i must say. >> just a few minutes the peeps grow to several times their size. they're not edible after this. i don't know anybody would put a peep in the microwave. but still, pretty cool to look at. time now for your peep show. >> the peep show. a few days ago, we asked you to send in some of your posed peeps. take a look at what we got. first one from mark who stuffed chicken has given birth to a plethora of peeps in every color. >> my favorite is yellow. the next one from girl scout troop, 222, pueblo, colorado, they created a neighborhood of peep bunnies, each with their
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own home. that's adorable. >> peep fashion from brian in oshkosh. >> he didn't do that. >> that e pretty cool. >> he took a picture through a window. i'm calling you out on national television. >> peep hater in illinois. i couldn't bleach this! >> that is wrong. >> it is wrong. >> this poor guy is going in ears first you. don't like peeps. >> i like looking at them. >> be real. and say what -- >> they are traditional in the basket. my mom put them in there. something about them makes me feel warm and fuzzy. i don't eat them. how's that? you really eat those things? >> mm-mm. >> stick with the cupcake. >> mm-mm-mm! >> announcer: more americans choose abc news to see the whole picture.
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this morning on "world news now" -- infection investigation. an oklahoma dentist is accused of exposing patients to dangerous and even deadly viruses. >> now thousands are under orders to be tested for hiv,
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hepatitis and other blood borne diseases. it's friday, march 29th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now" with john muller and diana perez. good friday morning. the end of the week. we made it. >> up top. tgif. >> easter sunday. make you say it on television so you keep your promise. >> i was debating whether or not i had to man up and go to church sunday with my daughter. and i do. >> he is going. now you have to go. >> christmas and easter and every sunday in between. >> of course. all right. well this is actually pretty sad story. we are going to explain why so many dental patients are at risk and what you need to look out for. our top story. >> our developing story we are following more war threats in north korea, launched at the
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u.s., launched test fights of the stealth bomber. on what the pentagon is saying at such a sensitive time. >> also this morning, split second decision making by a philadelphia subway rider that made the difference between life and death. you will see the man spring into action when a fellow passenger takes a plunge right into the tracks. what was going on in the mind of this hero. later on, as well. lessons in parenthood from the zoo. check this out. some people are making a very special baby gorilla and learning lessons from him about taking care. the baby rejected by her mother. find out why this is not as easy as it might look. >> that's cute. >> it is cute. first, one of the most vulnerable medical experience we can have in a dentist's chair. it appears one oklahoma dentist may have betrayed thousands of patients' trust. >> dr. scott harrington may have exposed them to hepatitis and hiv. abc's brandi hitt has more. >> good morning, john, diana. health officials call this incident a perfect storm on top of horrible sanitary violations, the oklahoma board of dentary says this dentist treated a high population of patients known to have infectious diseases.
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the health alert affects 7,000 dental patients who may have been exposed to deadly infections. health officials in oklahoma started their investigation into dr. w. scott harrington's practice in tulsa when a patient with no known risk factors tested positive for both hiv and hepatitis c. >> when the health department investigators and we left we were physically kind of sick. >> reporter: dr. harrington has been practicing oral surgery for 36 years. investigators determined he did not clean his instruments properly. bleached some instruments which can cause them to be porous. and routinely reused needles and vials. >> the instruments that came out of the autoclave were horrible. i wouldn't let my nephews play with them out in the dirt. they had rust on them. >> reporter: calls to dr. harrington's office which was closed have not been returned. authorities now send letters out to each of 7,000 patients recommending they be tested immediately for hepatitis-b, c, and hiv.
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>> with the millions of people who see the dentist every year, there has only been a handful infections transmitted over the past 20 years. >> reporter: while state officials believe it is unlikely the infection spread widely. the cdc has joined the investigation. >> i am very concerned about how many there, more there may be. >> reporter: dr. besser says to protect yourself make sure your dentist is wearing gloves and rusty instruments are another red flag. john, diana. >> brandi, thank you. to the intensifying threats from north korea. this morning its leader says he is quote ready to settle accounts with the u.s. and troop movements have been seen near its missile sites. it comes hours after america flexed its own muscle flying stealth bombers from missouri. >> in the face of the bellicose rhetoric and threats that have been emanating from the north koreans that we stand shoulder to shoulder with our allies in south korea. >> the pentagon says the stealth bomber run was part of military drills with south korea.
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defenses are being beefed up along the u.s. west coast and alaska as a precaution. colorado and last summer's movie theater massacre. prosecutors rejected an offer for james holmes to plead guilty in exchange for avoiding the death penalty. they cannot evaluate the offer because his lawyers have refused to share information with them about holmes' mental health. they are furious the defense went public with the offer. there is more political pressure from the white house demanding stricter gun laws after the newtown shooting. the president invited mothers who have lost children to gun violence to the white house during a so-called day of action. it came as court documents revealed the chilling inventory of weapons they found in the home of adam lanza. the documents show he killed 26 people at sandy hook elementary school in under five minutes. >> focus less on what was found in the house and the car and more on what we can do to make changes so that this doesn't happen in the future. >> protesters in 29 cities called on congress to take action.
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michael bloomberg released tv commercials featuring families from newtown. canadian zookeeper expected to survive after being attacked by a tiger, a siberian tiger involved in the incident. the zoo deciding what they should do next. the zookeeper, a 51-year-old man, entered the tiger enclosure. he thought the animal was locked in its sleeping quarters. an eventful week in the philadelphia subway system, a baby forgotten by care givers and a good samaritan risking his life to save someone else. as we report, the hero of the story insists he is not a hero. >> i can't imagine not helping somebody in that situation. can't imagine that. >> reporter: in the video you can see the victim for whatever reason walked off the platform and sprawled across the tracks inches from the third rail which if touched will electrocute a person. still, chris jumps down four feet to help. >> i just wanted to stabilize
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his back and neck. he tried to move. >> reporter: he stayed with the victim but knew time was critical. the subway runs every seven minutes. so he shouted to nearby passengers to tell personnel to shut down the southbound lines. >> i had a plan if the train came. i would roll him underneath like where you stand like underneath the ledges. if i couldn't. i would ask somebody to jump down and help me. >> there are bad scenarios that could have happened and didn't happen because a person that was unknown to our victim jumped into the track and saved his life. >> reporter: firefighters arrived and moved the victim off the track. taken to temple university hospital where he is in stable condition. he is being hailed for the compassion he displayed.
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but the 32-year-old says it is simply how he was raised. >> there have been people there for me. when i needed somebody. you know? and these people, i cannot pay them back. so the next best thing would be to pay it forward. >> thanks to the reporter there. by the way that hero -- >> this pen. sweet. >> he was cited two weeks ago in the subway for smoking a cigarette. moved there from pittsburgh. had no idea it wasn't allowed. now hailed a hero. >> an eventful two weeks in the subway. got a ticket. saved a guy's life. he can't imagine not doing something in that situation. i think a lot of people feel that way. not everybody. >> he jumped right in. >> there are good people in this world. >> the victim, 63 years old is feeling a little pain from the fall. apparently doing okay. paramedics were there to take him to the hospital in nine minutes. >> good for him. today is good friday, christians observe the crucifixion of jesus. he marked holy thursday by washing and kissing the feet of 12 young inmates during a mass at a roman jail. he told them he is at their service.
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for christians, the mystery of the shroud of turin deepens. a linen cloth bearing the imprint of a bearded man with the wounds of crucifixion. italian scientists say it dates become to the time of christ's death. as we said a mystery that continues to deepen. breaking and entering isn't easy. just witness the case of a would be burglar who tried to get into a grocery store. >> uh-huh. this could actually be the world's worst break-in attempt anyway. you can see the guy looking pretty sporty in pajama pants and funky hat. he peers through the window. walks away comes back with a rock. this time -- he tried. >> again. >> no. he just runs away. >> scary stuff. he trips. then he falls. no less than twice while trying to run away. >> does he have something in his waistband? >> people think this is part of his disguise to put a pillow in his pants. now here is, you throw a rock at the window. what did you think was going to happen?
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it was going to shatter. the shatter scared him. he ran away. >> you look at the bottoms what is under the waistband. stop there. okay. nothing this guy does is going to make any sense. come on. want to see him wipe out one more time. >> here he goes. oh. oh. >> that's going to leave a little raspberry, right? coming up, adding sizzle to the bedroom using a smoking hot flavor of bacon. >> this is kind of a gross story. >> a little bit. a lesson in parenting from zookeepers giving a baby gorilla a little tlc. requires a lot of extra attention. you are watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by rosetta stone. save them.
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♪ a bunch of guys like us in a big bus ♪ ♪ a bunch of guys like us in a big bus ♪ saving money could be tough to do, but sometimes there are solutions in front of us. take health care. >> it's expensive. a quarter of americans say they or family members have problems
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paying medical bills. abc's paula faris tells us there is some help available. ♪ at last >> reporter: joyce ann houston has been a musician her entire life even has her own wall of fame. ♪ just last night she was on stage. today she is paying for it. like millions of americans, joyce has a chronic medical condition, hers is lupus. she preps her body for days before performing. her music her only escape and it is how she pays the bills. she still owes $25,000 for her original diagnosis and new bills from her ongoing care are mounting. financially where are you right now? >> in the hole. i could end up losing my house. >> reporter: when joyce and millions didn't realize is that over half of the nation's hospitals, the nonprofits, have money that they are required to give back to the community. often through what is called patient assistance programs. michelle katz says it is hidden money too many people don't know
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about. i don't think most people know. they're required because they're receiving tax-exemptions. >> nonprofit. >> reporter: michelle says any one with huge bills may qualify even if you have insurance. but you have to ask for it. nonprofit hospitals are required to publicize their policies on assistance programs. but one study of 100 hospitals showed nearly half didn't mention it on their website. and almost 70% didn't tell you how to qualify when you called. with the help of the colors of lupus foundation in nevada we went after some money for joyce. it took weeks of phone calls to her hospital to cut through the red tape. >> you should understand if they announced it openly everybody would be flooding right. it is a matter of negotiation knowing it is there and not being afraid to ask for it. >> reporter: the results, her $25,000 hospital bill now just
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$7,000. >> i am just shocked. you all were able to do that. >> looks like your house is safe. you were worried about that. >> i didn't know how i was going to make it through. can i hug you. >> after saving $18,000 on her medical bills, joyce is singing a much different tune. ♪ hallelujah >> reporter: in this case the hospital's first offer was not their final offer. as you saw joyce really benefited from having an advocate do the work for her, but this is something you can do on your own. we have a checklist on our web site to help walk you through it. john, diana. >> our paula faris. >> amazing. >> the kind of stuff that a lot of people don't know about. families are struggling to keep their homes keep their kids in school be able to put food on the table. to have that information out there and not know it is a available to you while the bills are piling on. >> knowledge is power. a lot of people don't have personality to go head-to-head with the people. they're modest for whatever reason. they want to save money. they don't have the gumption to go after administrators. get an advocate. it's worth it. prescription drugs, generic drugs can vary wildly in price.
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>> about doing your home work and have the gumption to make phone calls. if you have an advocate, a family member, dedicate the time to do this for you. i have been in situations where i have been asked to do this for people. the schedule, the kids, you don't have the time to cut through the red tape for weeks and weeks and weeks. find someone who can dedicate the time that you need to you to be able to do it. >> administrators will put you on a loop. you have to stay on it. >> that is for sure. up next, an adorable baby gorilla getting plenty of love. >> but little gladys needs several surrogate moms and an abc news correspondent. why it is taking a village to raise this child. you are watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" continues after this from our abc stations.
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>> they say it is love that makes a family. this morning an example of that is at the cincinnati zoo. >> check this out, tiny gorilla, gladys whose mother rejected her as a new surrogate mom. she has a few surrogate moms right now including abc's matt gutman. >> reporter: in the zoological world this is cause for celebration. she is peeing on me. when gladys's gorilla mother rejected her last month there was a chance she wouldn't make it. >> well, we'll have to change into some scrubs, matt, black scrubs, simulates gorilla skin color. >> ron evans and his team of ten surrogate gorilla moms would nurse, cradle, teach and mother this gorilla for three months before sending her to a real gorilla mom. inside gladys' room evans teaches me how to be a surrogate.
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the only way gladys' new gorilla family will accept her if humans can teach her to become a real gorilla. >> you don't coo to baby gorillas. >> no i talk to them like this. i use a gorilla accent when i talk to gladys. first time i see her, i talk like gladys. >> reporter: all the surrogates wear this faux fur. that looks more like a sheep's suit. are we turning into lambs here. careful not to baby this baby. >> yanking the hair. might put fingernails in her head. when she is awake she doesn't mind. they're tough. >> reporter: all of this. the grabbing. these hands are so strong. piggyback ride mimic real gorillas. the goal is to match gladys born at a texas zoo with a gorilla mother born here in cincinnati. but there is a chance this elaborate experiment might not work.
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>> the day she goes in with the gorilla mom is the day i am going to be happiest. there won't be a dry eye in the place. >> reporter: as every parent learns, sometimes success means letting go. matt gutman, abc news, cincinnati. >> okay. i want one of those. i want one of those. >> i can't get over how cute. matt did a good job. would you get in there? >> with a baby gorilla. with mama maybe not so much. >> how about that? >> there you go. there is the surrogate mom. >> take gladys home tonight. >> don't think i make a convincing gorilla. >> i have seen you in that thing running around as a commercial break. we're coming right back. break. we're coming right back. lean. it's scary how much dirt your vacuum can leave behind. add resolve deep clean powder before you vacuum to expel the dirt within your carpets.
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this morning on "world news now" -- war threats. north korea's angry response to american military exercises with stealth bombers. >> the question this morning
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will verbal threats by north korea lead to military action? it's friday, march 29th. >> announcer: from abc news this is "world news now" with john muller and diana perez. good morning, everyone. we will get you up to date on north korea's threats and what the u.s. is doing with the stealth bombers not far from the north korean border. also this morning, what a bombshell in the investigation into an explosion in indianapolis. the fatal blast leveled several homes last summer and turned into a murder case. well, now the key suspect is facing a serious charge this time from behind bars. >> the restaurant scandal that heated up social media. the l.a. restaurant operator who sent some nasty tweets about customers who failed to show up for their reservations. we are getting a much-needed explanation on this one. later on what was going on in justin bieber's exclusive southern california neighborhood before police were called a few nights ago. a case of neighbor vs. neighbor and now an eyewitness is stepping forward. that's coming up in "the skinny."
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let's get to it, north korea's promise to "settle accounts" with the united states this morning after american stealth bombers flew close to its borders. >> the latest as we get reports of troop movements near north korea's missile launch site. abc news chief global affairs correspondent martha raddatz has more. >> reporter: if north korea had any doubt that the u.s. would defend its ally, south korea, this rare show of force should end it. the two massive b-2s soared 6,500 miles from missouri to drop dummy weapons on a bombing range west of south korea and less than 50 miles from the north korean border. and then flew back to the u.s. it was the first time the u.s. military has confirmed a b-2 practice mission. the message was clear, the b-2 is capable of dropping 16 nuclear bombs each on a different target. it can fly under any weather conditions, penetrating sophisticated air defenses with
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its radar evading stealth skin. >> we will unequivocally defend and we are unequivocally committed to that alliance with south korea and we will be prepared if we have to be prepared to deal with any eventuality there. >> reporter: since february when the u.s. and south korea began gearing up for military exercises, north korea steadily escalated its threat, a page from its playbook, only this time the threats have been hotter including nuclear strikes which they are not yet capable of. the u.s. said the stealth bombers were not meant to ratchet up the tension with the north but this is the strongest response we have seen to the north's recent provocations and there is no telling how the north's new young leader will respond. martha raddatz, abc news, kabul. an arizona man under arrest after joining up with an al qaeda group in syria. eric harroun, he bragged on face
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book fighting against the syrian government and downing one of its helicopters with a rocket propelled grenade. now harroun served in the u.s. army and was discharged after an accident. he was arrested when returned to the united states and charged with using a weapon of mass destruction. athlete oscar pistorius can travel internationally with conditions now that the restrictions on his bail have been eased. he is charged with the murder of his girlfriend, reeva steenkamp. the judge ruled he can leave south africa, but only if he provides travel plans to authorities and surrenders his passport once he is home. pistorius is due in court in june. from south africa, serious concerns about nelson mandela's health. he is in the hospital again with a recurring lung infection. as bazi kanani reports, his nation is on edge. >> reporter: the last glimpse the world had of nelson mandela was this picture, the 94-year-old cradling his great grandson in february. government officials say the former president is now conscious and responding to treatment for that lung infection after being rushed to the hospital wednesday in the
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middle of the night. >> has to be concerned. >> reporter: especially concerning come just weeks after nelson mandela's last hospitalation for tests and a nearly three-week stay in december for the same lung infection. south africans are now praying for their beloved leader. mandela's family has visited him at the hospital. while south africa's president urged the nation and world to pray for the ailing icon. john, diana. >> bazi kanani, thank you very much. one of the suspects in a deadly house explosion in indianapolis now facing new charges this morning. mark leonard accused of plotting to kill a key witness. he is already in custody charged with intentionally causing the explosion that killed two people and destroyed dozens of homes. then prosecutors say, he asked a fellow inmate for the name of a hit man. >> mr. leonard was given the name of an individual to contact. that individual was an undercover agent with the federal atf.
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>> prosecutors say leonard offered to pay a hitman $20,000. he made the call from a jailhouse phone through inmates are told calls are recorded. >> a clerk at a kansas city gas station discovered a strange sight in the trash can. she found a box. inside a pair of eyeballs looking back at her. these are the men police think dumped the eyeballs next to the gas pumps in a medical cooler. investigators determined the eyeballs are not human but they don't know where they came from or why someone would throw them out. >> pretty freaky. the clerk called it "freaky" and said it was "the strangest workday she ever had." that would qualify. >> you think? no telling where they were going or coming from. police called eye banks in the area to see if anybody was expecting a delivery or eyeballs missing. none of the above. >> there were no eyewitnesses to the situation. >> buh-dum. new jersey powerball winner, pedro quezada, owes thousand of dollars in unpaid child support.
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>> hard one to get through. >> now he can't collect a dime of his winnings until he pays up. the warrant was delivered to his department yesterday. the sheriff's department says he owes $29,000. he has not revealed much about any financial difficulties. records do show his home was foreclosed on a few years ago. >> distracted by looking at the million dollar ticket. >> i bet. >> $338 million ticket. >> everybody will get paid. all is well that ends well. more than 20 homes on whidbey island are off limits following the major landslide. here is an amazing fact, wednesday morning's slide displaced the equivalent of 40,000 dump truck loads of dirt. the homes we mentioned are under evacuation orders or inaccessible. geologists say the slide may be the largest in washington state history. >> that's some video. let's check out today's weather. showers there in the northwest. light snow for higher elevations. fog again this morning in california. showers in the middle of the country. mostly dry for the east coast.
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>> 50s from boston to baltimore, a cool morning followed by a warm up in the southeast. higher than normal in the west. 71 in colorado springs. 69, portland. go ahead and enjoy that. >> as all guys know, duct tape fixes just about anything. true. >> uh-huh. that's right. one high school senior will mix that duct tape with nail polish, high heels, hairspray and create a unique look for prom. that's right. >> you wouldn't know it, but quick glance there, that dress and her date's tux, made out of duct tape. took three years of planning, 60 hours of cutting. and taping. 25 rolls of duct tape. a contest sponsored by a duct tape company. the winner gets a $5,000 scholarship. i know all about this. my daughter, 9 makes duct tape handbags, wallets. she never tackled anything this elaborate. she is outstanding. duct tape like a craze with, with youngsters. >> so what do you do fold it and tape them together. >> all tutorials on youtube. if you want to get into making
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duct tape fashions go on there. she learned the craft. i got her a cutting board, a knife. >> wow. >> big with kids. that is great stuff. >> pretty cool. every once in a while people on facebook have comments about my outfits. what would happen if i showed up with a duct tape dress? >> go for it. >> how about i put one piece of duct tape. >> ready in three years. >> so many viewers, one piece of duct tape and show up like that. >> that's what i am talking about. yeah. i think you should do that. >> you think so? >> tomorrow. tomorrow is saturday. >> monday. >> i will do it tomorrow. how about that? >> i blew it. coming up, after serious allegations against lindsay lohan, why she may be in trouble again. >> i want to talk about the duct tape. >> the restaurant owner busted customers who failed to show up for their reservations with a nasty tweet. and now a full explanation. you are watching "world news now." ♪ you didn't show up that night ♪ ♪ there must be some misunderstanding ♪ >> announcer: "world news now"
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♪ there must be some misunder ♪ there must be some misunderstanding ♪ ♪ there must be some kind of mistake ♪ >> a controversial twitter tantrum from the owner of an l.a. restaurant has diners and
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industry insiders talking. >> the owner named names of no shows, people who make reservations and don't show up. the owner has to defend his decision to do that. here is abc's david wright. >> reporter: for anyone who has never bothered not to cancel a dinner reservation when plans changed, this is a cautionary tale. one of the owners of red medicine decided he was fed up with no shows. >> we are a really small restaurant. you can see there is about 54 seats in the dining room. when you lose 20 people in that kind of peak time of the night it is inconsiderate to other guests. >> reporter: you are naming and shaming the no shows. >> not generally as a policy. but, saturday was particularly bad. >> reporter: red medicine tweeted some bitter pills." "hi, kyle a, read one, we are withholding the name. "i hope you enjoyed your girlfriend's birthday and the flowers that you didn't bring when you no showed for your 8:15 res. thanks." also big thanks to cm, cr, aj, sj, db and ml for no showing between 7:30 and 9:30. again, the original tweets named names. >> the intent was never to focus
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on or draw attention to specific people. more to put names to a problem to get some attention and get people discussing it. >> reporter: it prompted a lot of discussion. some restauranter s expressing sympathy, no shows a perennial problem. maybe diners expressing outrage at the violation of privacy. >> we have a message from a lady from iowa who, who will never eat here. she wasn't happy. >> reporter: he likes to stir the pot. but even he wasn't prepared for the backlash this time. now he has reservations about what he did. >> it certainly started a discussion. we are not in the business of starting discussions necessarily. >> reporter: he would rather be in the restaurant business provided the customers show up. david wright, abc news, beverly hills. >> what do you think? >> we had this conversation yesterday. i happen to agree with the guy. >> i can feel his pain. but to name people's names, the customer is always right they say. >> that's true. >> you got to remember that. >> it's true. it his restaurant.
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>> and he is getting all free publicity. >> once again. >> at the very least. >> we are such conspiracy theorists. >> everybody is going to go to red medicine and get their medicine. >> i'm going to tweet people that do things i don't like so i can get on the news. >> you're on the news. >> wait i'm already on the news. >> worth a try. coming up, how much would you pay daniel craig, james bond guy for seven minutes on stage? and the neighbors upset with justin bieber. we'll get an eye-opening, eyewitness account of that whole thing that went down recently in l.a. next in "the skinny." >> announcer: "world news now" continues after this from our
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>> i alw >> i always wanted to be a nurse. hurricane sandy turned out to be devastating. floodwaters. people were out of heat. and electricity. and my patients had no insulin. i will never forget being with diane. we had to enter a building, 17 flights up. very dark. >> what kind of medicine for her? diane asked my patient what she needed. >> we want to know how you are doing. she didn't leave it at that. she wanted to know what the end results were. in spanish, diane is -- she would make a very good nurse. i'm rosita ortiz. that's my abc "world news" story. ♪ skinny so skinny >> welcome to "the skinny." the story that just won't quit. >> okay. >> justin bieber once again in the news.
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as you remember earlier this week he apparently got into some kind of scuffle with a neighbor. in his very -- >> took his ferrari out. >> taking his ferrari. >> making some people upset. well the police were called. the neighbor said that he wanted to press charges because he had committed battery against him. that is a wide ranging. he could have tapped him on the shoulder or spit on him -- in some kind of way. well the neighbor is claiming justin bieber spit on him. justin has come out and said that is absolutely not true. i didn't do that at all. well now we are backtracking a little bit. police did their research and homework and spoke to people who were there. witnesses across the street, landscapers for the homeowners were interviewed separately. at least one of them said, yes, in fact, justin did spit in his neighbor's face. >> not cool if it is true.
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>> not only that, he is apparently quoted as saying, get the blank out of here. i am going to blank kill you and there were some speculation that maybe this guy had beef against justin bieber, he is young, gets in trouble. people in the neighborhood said this is a 47-year-old guy, dad of three, who actually went to the security guards when justin moved in and said we need to keep this kid's privacy in check here. >> strange one. >> mystery deepens. >> i question it is true. if somebody spit in my face i wouldn't be able to control myself. i would go wild. if this guy didn't go wild and right there on the spot, makes me wonder if it happened. >> justin bieber does weigh two pounds. >> he is getting a little buff. he is getting a little buff these days. his heart and lungs are better than the 47-year-old man's. lindsay lohan the only person in the news for infamy more than justin these days. she touches down in brazil, amid claims she took a bracelet from "anger management" set. she had allegations like this before. landed wednesday in sao paulo, greeted by her fans, and some of the accessories she had on came to light. there is an allegation that she kept the bracelet after finishing filming a show wednesday on set of charlie
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sheen's anger management. wouldn't be the first time. if it is true she swiped a $2,500 necklace from a jewelry store in california that we all heard about months back. there you go. >> wow. wow. there she is. once again in the news. all right. moving on to something i think is incredible. work that i would do if i could get. daniel craig, of james bond fame. >> cool guy. >> very cool. latest 00 agent was paid $1 million to appear at the new york auto show. >> $1 million. >> a million bucks. >> we did the math. he was there for 7 minutes live. apparently in a video beforehand. then motored into a display area. really didn't do much. walked out. walked along photographers with guests, and some flashing lights. one person actually said he didn't give a speech. i couldn't tell if he was actually there. he was doing this for land rover oh, by the way. he was there a total of 7 minutes for $1 million.
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like i said, did the math, a grand total of $143,000 per minute. i should have done the seconds for you. >> incredible. let's talk big money. hip-hop, "forbes'" list of richest hip-hop stars. got a guess? >> jay-z. >> close. diddy combs. sean combs, $580 million. jay-z number two. $475 million. according to "forbes." number three, dr. dre, with $350 million in the bank. most coming from the beats headphones. then round out by brian birdman williams and rapper 50 cent. there you go. the richest -- >> my husband got into the wrong business. should have been a rapper, rapping mogul. >> is he good? does your man have talent? >> he can do sports really well. >> yea for that. not dr. dre. while your carpets may appear clean.
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♪ >> all right, a busy week in the news world comes to a close. >> that's right. a week with lots of highs and lows from the gay marriage debate in the supreme court to a legal hit for amanda knox. here is our "friday rewind." >> this is by far the biggest case the supreme court has ever had when it comes to discrimination against homosexuals. >> can you think of any other rational basis for a state using sexual orientation as a factor in denying homosexuals benefits? >> you want us to step in and render a decision based on an assessment of the effects of this institution which is newer than cell phones or the internet? >> we are trying to do everything we can to impress
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upon the senators that this is what the survivors want, this is what the public wants. >> this is a country of the people, by the people and for the people. he can't spend enough of his $27 billion to try to impose his will on the american public. >> she is shocked. she is very sad. she thought this was the end of a nightmare. >> after avoiding the problem for years the time has come to fix it once and for all. the time has come for the comprehensive sensible immigration reform. >> please allow me to begin my remarks this evening by reiterating how deeply i regret and apologize for the circumstances that led to my resignation from the cia. >> breaks my heart to not be around. it's not fair to everyone. and so, getting better, is something that just is going to take some time. and i guess that's the priority. >> i'm going to be spending the entire day with prince harry. and so believe me nobody is
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going to get naked if i am spending any time with them. okay. >> all i can say, tomorrow -- i will wake up normally. because i know the first of the month i got to pay the bills, not him. >> good news week. huh? >> lucky man there. >> good friday. >> easter sunday. >> easter sunday. say your prayers, go to church. eat your peeps. >> good advice. eat your chocolate bunnies. >> maine hosting its second international mustache film fest
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this morning, a new day, a new threat. >> north korea staging a massive march this morning and readies rockets for an attack on the u.s. ready to retaliate after the stealth bombers were
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dispatched to the north's own backyard. inspection fear. 7,000 patients of one dentist getting an unwelcome warning. they may have been exposed to hepatitis, even hiv. >> to the rescue, a good samaritan jumps into action after a man falls from a subway platform. is this the biggest storm ever sitting over the atlantic impacting three continents and going nowhere any time soon? on this good friday, north korea is ratcheting up the tension again with new threats against the u.s. >> now the north adding flames to the fire with proper began da photos released today one showing north korean kim jong-un in front of a map of the u.s. saying u.s. mainland strike plan. we have more on new video from north korea. good morning, preeti.
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>> reporter: north korea is angry and making threats. the u.s. is not taking them lightly and stands shoulder to shoulder with its allies. thousands of soldiers marched in north korea today in support of their leader and his call to arms as tensions escalate the leader threatens toic too the u.s. ordering its forces to be on standby. all this comes after the u.s. in a rare admission after b-2 stealth bombers were sent and then returned home. >> those exercises are mostly to assure our allies that they can count on us to be prepared and to help them deter conflict. >> reporter: the u.s. launched the mission hours after north korea cut off communications with the south. these stealth bombers are powerful, capable of dropping 16 nuclear bombs, each on a different target. officials say the use of these bo

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